The world's cheapest car is coming... slowly
The world’s cheapest car is coming to the UK… in 2011. Launched in India this week, the pint-sized Tata Nano costs just £1,400 and is expected to sell 30,000 in its first year as cash-strapped Indian families get themselves their first ever set of wheels.
Manufacturing corners have been cut wherever possible with cheap plastic seats, one windscreen wiper blade and one wing mirror among the Nano’s basic features. You won’t get Jeremy Clarkson raving about its power either – it’s packing a two-cylinder engine with just 624cc.
A UK version will be rolled out in 2011, costing more (about £4,000) in order to meet our more stringent safety standards. It’ll also have a larger, 1 litre engine. What’s it going to be then – a revolution in motoring or a shabby piece of tat that none of us would touch with a barge pole?